(1) Kimmel speaks to congressional committee that he did not get vital information about Pearl Harbor (2) UNO Tackles Peace Job (3) Eisenhower Promises GI Releases - Ike speaks that every man who served in the war will be home soon. (4) 10 Killed In British Rail Wreck - trains carried 400 passengers in tangled wreck (5) Marine Pageant - decorated private boats on parade (6) speed ice skaters - The End.
January 17, 2009 Subject:
extremely rare view of Admiral Kimmel for Pearl Harbor buffs
Kimmel is shown here in one of the only existing film clips (very short) in this 1946 newsreel compilation. Kimmel, as Pearl Harbor afficianados know, was the unfairly blamed (read "pin the tail on the donkey"/fall guy) admiral in command who was blocked mysteriously but methodically from receiving absolutely vital pre-Dec 7th 1941 secret intelligence. Great, though brief, for those who care about this particular search for historical truth about World War II. Quality, obviously, mediocre given the age of the originals/quality of transfer.
July 3, 2006 Subject:
Pear Harbor controversy & more
Postwar newsreel features Admiral Kimmel defending himself in front of the Pearl Harbor Investigating Committee, suggesting that Washington had secret information about the movements of the Japanese before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Next, delegates arrive in London at the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. The new President was elected (Spaak, from Belgium). Notables present included King George VI, Secretary of State Stettinius, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Some footage of a horrible train wreck in Britain follows, then shots of decorated boats in a parade celebrating Miami's 11th annual fishing tournament. The final segment shows a men's speed skating competition, with lots of cool wipeouts.
July 16, 2005 Subject:
OK, Who Forgot to Tell Us About Those Secret Messages?
Newsreel from the early post-war period featuring stories on Adm. Kimmel testifying in a hearing concerning the attack on Pearl Harbor (he maintains that being let in on certain intelligence information held by the White House would have prevented some loss of life); the United Nations electing a president (Mr. Spock winsÃÂÃÂreally!); General Eisenhower telling us when the boys will finally be able to come home (he says soon); a British train wreck that killed 10 people, and was the third such wreck in a weekÃÂs time, sullying British RailÃÂs pristine safety record (1ÃÂll say!); a boat show featuring some bizarre floats (Hello, Mr. Sun1); and a speed skating competition (lots of skaters fall down). All in all, itÃÂs a fairly ordinary newsreel, with some mildly amusing moments, giving us a snapshot of what things were like in 1946.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.